In a game for the ages, the NC Trojans put on a clinic both offensively and defensively, thoroughly dominating Shelbyville. When NC pulled their starters, it was 44-7. SHS took thd opening kickoff and moved all the way down to the Trojan 4 yard line, when on 4th down, Trenton Williams stuck SHS star rb Damon Lux for no gain and the Trojans took over on downs, and that is when the onslaught began. Niah Williamson hit Luke Bumbalough on a 63 yard gain and the 96 yard drive culminated on a Williamson to Nicholas Grieser 12 yard TD. Carter Brown added the extra point and it was 7-0. Shelbyville had to punt and NC struck in just 9 seconds later, when Williamson hit Triston Chesher on a 69 yard TD and NC was up 14-0 after 1.
In the second quarter, the defense hit like they never had before, taking out Shelbyville’s top 2 runners. SHS missed a fg and NC took advantage and went on a 3 play drive, culminating in a Williamson to Chesher 20 yard TD after a 55 yard completion to Bumbalough. At the half it was 21-7 NC.
NC got the ball to start the 3rd quarter and after a 30 yard kickoff return by Chesher, took 23 seconds as Williamson hit Bumbalough for a 39 yard TD to make it 28-7 after Brown’s PAT. NC continued to lay the lumber and forced a SHS punt that was snapped over the head of the punter for a safety after sacks by Travis Reeves and Dalton Clouse. NC received the ball back and moved 45 yards, with Bumbalough catching a 7 yard TD pass making the score 37-7 after 3.
On the first play of the 4th quarter, on 3rd and 10 from the 19, Williamson hit Bumbalough for a 81 yard TD pass to make it 44-7. Shelbyville scored 2 TDs late, but the game was over at that point.
Williamson had a game for the ages for NC setting a record by throwing 6 TD passes. He was 16-21 for 420 yards and the 6 TDs. Bumbalough had 7 catches for 253 yards and 3 TDs, Chesher 5 catches for 130 yards nad 2 TDs, Grieser 1 for 12 and a TD, Tytus Ragle 2 for 9 and James Thompson 1 for 17.
Defensively, Stephen Spears was a man among boys, accounting for 23 total tackles and holding SHS star rb Damon Lux to only 60 yards, 110 below his average. Trenton Williams had 12 total tackles, Chandler Marcum and Grieser 7, Clouse a sack and 7, Mason Hardwick 7, Bryton Tuttle 6, Derek Amonett 5, and Reeves a sack and 4. This was the best defensive performance I have ever seen out of a New Castle team, as the kids hit harder and tackled surer than they have before. Unbelievable effort.
NC moves to 2-2, 1-1 in the HHC and travels to Yorktown next week.